Last-Minute Gifts for the Procrastisanta

Are you a guilty procrastisanta?

Procrastisanta: A person who delays holiday shopping until the very last minute. [Urban Dictionary]

Perhaps you need a quick gift fix by… tomorrow? Here are a few ideas.

  • E-Gift cards! Just as exciting as actual gift cards (besides the fact that you can’t pretend they’re credit cards and, let’s face it, gift cards aren’t very exciting to begin with) and with instant gratification. Besides, J. Crew’s doing it, so it must be cool. Tons of other online retailers offer the E-Gift Card option as well (Amazon, iTunes, Sephora, Bloomingdales, Visa gift cards, even L.L.Bean — with adorable puppies on them, to boot!)
  • Homemade confections. When in a pinch, some homemade cookies from your kitchen and personal and sure to please. A good idea for a quick and easy hostess gift, but not so great for, say, your four-year-old niece.

  • Magazine Subscriptions. Much like a gift card, except a little more personal. Plus, it’s that time of year to renew subscriptions anyway! Check out Amazon’s selection of subscriptions for easy magazine browsing and buying (I recommend The New Yorker for anyone on your list). Or you can simply order direct from the magazine of your choice.
  • Memberships. To what, you may ask? I don’t know … but they sound legit and are pretty fun, too. Netflix is an easy choice, but also look for local hotspots — such as a museum, gym, or other attraction (such as a ski/snowboard slope) — that the person you’re gifting to would enjoy. (If you can’t purchase online, try calling and arranging the membership over the phone.)
  • Of-the-Month Clubs. Some people, believe it or not, actually go nuts for these. Like the Fruit-of-the-Month Clubs from Harry & David. There’s also a Wine-of-the-Month Club, of course. Plus chic options for Cashmere, JewelryShirts (for men), and Tees (for girls and boys) courtesy of J. Crew.
  • Books (and coffee…). Seriously, books make excellent gifts for the avid reader (just make sure she hasn’t read them before)! These do require leaving the house, but as long as the bookstore’s open, you can pick up a couple. (Bonus: they’re really easy to wrap, and most stores do it for you!) Make your gift special with a gift card and a fun thermos or mug from a nearby coffee shop.

  • Make a donation in their name. Okay, this one’s not as “fun” per se, but perhaps its the right idea for the more charitable ones in your life. For example, charity:water is a great organization that drills wells to provide people around the globe with access to clean drinking water. You can make a donation in someone else’s name here, and they’ll send you a card you can print out to give to them in place of their present. Charity:water also has some cool gifts available, if you want to order something to supplement your donation. This Kwiat bracelet is gorgeous!

When in doubt, you can always order something online, have it shipped to their home, and spend some time making a fun “certificate” that promises its delivery. Of course, it’s always preferable to have something physical on hand, especially for the younger ones.

And, of course, there’s one definite no-no gift: PAJAMAGRAMS! A “Family Pajama Planner?” (And yes, they actually refer to it as this…) I’m just, so, confused….

I came across this gem in my holiday gift browsing today. I didn’t think it could get worse than matching Snuggies, but, apparently, it can!

Happy holidays, everyone!

{Sources: Images via unleash-your-success.com, jcrew.com, joannarieke.wordpress.com, charitywater.org, and pajamagrams.com.}

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One thought on “Last-Minute Gifts for the Procrastisanta

  1. my go to gift when i’m short on time will always be the magazine subscription- the gift that keeps on giving! Also nice- a bouquet of origami flowers. They always look beautiful and require no maintenance.

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